On May 28 Bike Walk Logan Square and the Metropolitan Planning Council conducted a Placemaking Audit at the Logan Square Blue Line Station. What’s a placemaking audit? It’s a survey of the existing conditions of a place. The survey is comprised of a series of questions about:
Are there people around?
Are they in groups?
What are they doing?
Are they smiling, making eye contact, do they know each other?
How old are they?
Is there evidence of volunteerism?
Is it clear what to do there?
Is it easy to get to?
Is it accessible to those with disabilities?
Is there seating?
Is it clean, does it feel safe?
Ideas for Improvement
What’s good about the place now?
What would you add or change in the short, mid, and long term?
And the winner is . . .
So the members of BikeWalk Logan Square, MPC, and the volunteers in attendance discussed these questions, problems they saw, and potential lying there the whole time.
Short term ideas to make the space:
Improve the planting
Allow food trucks to use the 2nd bus lane
Invite people to bring their own chairs for meals, knitting, or a drum circle
Try pop up retail
Chalk drawings / Wayfinding
Improve wayfinding (which way is north, which street is Milwaukee, and which is Kedzie)
Program a performance series, farmers’ market, craft fair, business incubator
Improve pedestrian experience and safety through crosswalk striping, signage and signal timing
Install a Chamber of Commerce merchant map, include contact information for those organizing the space so future ideas may be coordinated including art, sidewalk chaulking, planting
Increase bike rack capacity, install bike lockers, add Divvy
Partner with Chase to shovel snow from alley
Increase green space through better design. This could include utilizing the bus lane for seating, installing a water feature, using planting to muffle road noise
Reduce speed limit on Milwaukee and Kedzie
Alter the curb radius to slow cars turning from Milwaukee to Kedzie
The group was able to gather some great ideas and is looking for your help. What do you want the Blue Line Station to be? Let us know below!
Thanks to the Metropolitan Planning Council for leading the audit and providing pictures from the event.